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Are you tech-ready for the Common Core?
Education Week    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
School districts are raising concerns about their ability to be technologically ready to give Common Core State Standards assessments to students online in two years. Administrators say they remain uncertain about the types of devices to buy, the bandwidth they need, and the funding available for technology improvements. An initial round of data collection launched to determine technology gaps for schools preparing for the Common Core online assessments has so far had limited participation from districts and many states. And state and national education groups are detecting a rising level of anxiety among school and district leaders regarding the technology they feel is necessary to implement online testing by the 2014-2015 deadline. More

More districts go BYOD
Spotlight on Digital Media Learning    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
There's been a fair amount of buzz about schools going "BYOD" — meaning they are allowing students to bring in their own digital devices to use in the classroom. Some schools believe it to be a less-costly way to provide advanced mobile technology to students, and many teachers, particularly in areas of math and science, have found the BYOD infrastructure useful to their lessons. Policies encouraging BYOD models help eliminate the struggle between students and teachers over using mobile devices during the school day and the fatigue that teachers encounter after repeatedly admonishing students to "Put your tech away." More

Special education concerns emerge with online learning
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As schools increasingly turn to online classes, a group tasked with investigating the impact on students with disabilities is raising some serious concerns. In an open letter, officials with the federally-funded Center on Online Learning and Students with Disabilities say that there are a number of unknowns with this emerging technology. Specifically, they say that online learning is plagued with inconsistent policies, questionable teacher training requirements and accessibility problems, among other issues. More

CANVAS IS TRANSFORMING EDUCATION.

Instructure is focused on helping institutions improve education through technology. Founded in 2008 by two computer science graduate students, Instructure builds Canvas―the only simple, open learning management system native to the cloud. Instructure services more than 250 post-secondary and K-12 educational institutions. To learn more about Canvas by Instructure visit instructure.com.


SETDA announces launch of the State Education Policy Center
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The State Educational Technology Directors Association, the principal nonprofit membership association representing U.S. state and territorial educational technology leaders, announced the launch of the State Education Policy Center. The SEPC is intended to provide up-to-date information regarding select technology-related education policies and practices to inform school reform and improvement efforts. More

Are Big Data approaches the answer to K12 educational pain points?
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Christopher Dawson, a writer for ZDNet, writes: "Last month, I attended one of Dell's Social Think Tanks. The topic was Innovation in Education and we had a great discussion on the role of technology in improving the education in America. The Think Tank was big on issues, but turning those issues into actions is overwhelming at best, given the institutionalized challenges that face schools today. As a follow up, Dell held a Google Hangout yesterday with some of the Think Tank participants so we could begin really thinking about concrete solutions." More

Can school networks keep up with demands?
eSchool News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
School leaders understand the value technology can bring to the classroom, including new resources, better assessments, and the ability to gauge student comprehension. But school networks must be equipped to support new technologies if educators and students are to realize the full benefits of these changes — and new data suggest they aren't keeping up. More

Bandwidth demands rise as schools move to Common Core
Education Week    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
From the outside, experts, advocates and government agencies appear to be placing more than enough attention on schools' growing demand for better Internet connectivity. As one example, promoting and facilitating projects to bring more broadband Web access to schools and libraries has been a major focus of the Federal Communications Commission during the more than three years Julius Genachowski has served as FCC chairman. More

What's worth investing in? How to decide what technology you need
MindShift    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The promise of technology in the pursuit of learning is vast — and so are the profits. The SIIA valued the ed-tech market at $7.5 billion. With daily launches of new products promising to solve all manner of problems — from managing classrooms to engaging bored students with interactive content to capturing and organizing data, to serving as a one-stop-shop for every necessary service, choosing from the dizzying number of products on the market can be confusing. More



Are new online standardized tests revolutionary? Decide for yourself
The Hechinger Report    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
New high-tech standardized tests are coming soon to schools across the country, but will these new tests really revolutionize how we measure whether children are learning? The designers of the new tests, which a majority of states plan to adopt in two years, are allowing a sneak peek at sample questions, so you can decide for yourself. Two competing state coalitions have taken on the job of designing the new tests, the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers and the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, and both have posted examples of what's coming on their websites. More

Wireless experts: Time to move beyond the device
eSchool News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
By 2016, 85 percent of all broadband service will be mobile instead of fixed broadband. Last year, there were more smart phones (472 million) than PCs (353 million). These were just some of the eye-opening statistics that kicked off the Wireless Reach Initiative in Washington, D.C. The Wireless Reach Initiative — produced by the Wireless Education Technology Conference and Qualcomm Inc. — is in its third year. More

The mouse faces extinction as computer interaction evolves
The Washington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Swipe, swipe, pinch-zoom. Fifth-grader Josephine Nguyen is researching the definition of an adverb on her iPad and her fingers are flying across the screen. Her 20 classmates are hunched over their own tablets doing the same. Conspicuously absent from this modern scene of high-tech learning: a mouse. More

Low income students' test scores leap 30 percent with smartphone use
Mashable    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Cellphones are banned from many schools — at least from the classroom — because students play games, text friends and do other activities that distract them from learning. But mobile technology for students in a classroom setting isn't always a hindrance to good grades and learning. Qualcomm's Wireless Reach Initiative aims to conquer the digital divide between those who can and can’t afford wireless Internet access. After smartphones were distributed to low income students, standardized test performance drastically increased because students could more easily communicate with their peers and access information throughout the day (and night). More

Digital textbook implementation just a dream
eSchool News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
From calls to action from major education organizations, all the way to a mission set forth by Education Secretary Arne Duncan, the higher-ups in education are saying it's time to go all digital with textbooks. But at the district, school and classroom levels, is going all digital — which promises larger returns on investment and more interactive and personalized learning — as simple as it seems? And does going digital really put less strain on teachers and students? According to readers, though digital textbooks sound good in theory, not all students would have access to these materials from home as well as school. Also, many schools just don't have the funding, or infrastructure, needed to support these efforts. More


 

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